|7 May 2007 @ 22:05|
"I want to send word to our American friends to tell them they can count on our friendship, which has been forged by the tragedies of history that we have confronted together. I want to tell them that France will always be at their side when they need her. But I also want to tell them that friendship means accepting that friends can have different opinions."
----Nicolas Sarkozy, first address, after his victory on May 6, 2007
As part of his first address as France's President-elect, Nicolas Sarkozy also strongly urged the United States to take the lead on climate change and said that the issue would be a priority for France:
"A great nation, like the United States, has a duty not to block the battle against global warming but — on the contrary — to take the lead in this battle, because the fate of the whole of humanity is at stake."
We shall see...
Last January (o1/17/07), the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists (BAS), founded by in 1945 by former Manhattan Project physicists, and whose board periodically reviews issues of global security and challenges to humanity, has added climate change to the prospect of nuclear annihilation as the greatest threats to humankind. link
This is the first time BAS has included climate change as an explicit threat to the future of civilization.
"We foresee great peril if governments and societies don’t take action now” to offset climate change, said astrophysicist Stephen Hawking.
While the harm done to the planet by carbon-emitting manufacturing technologies and automobiles was more gradual than a nuclear explosion, nonetheless, it could also be catastrophic to life as we know it and "irremediable", the board said.